Akçakaya Lab
Applied Ecology and Conservation Biology








Our research focuses on developing and applying quantitative methods to address questions in conservation biology and environmental risk assessment.

We are currently interested in methods and approaches for predicting the vulnerability of species to global climate change, human land-use, toxicity and other threats. For more information see Research.

If you are interested in joining the Akçakaya lab as a graduate student, please read Information for Prospective Students.


In a new paper, we describe a new approach to develop fully specified population models (complete with stage structure, stochasticity, and density dependence) from mark-recapture data. The paper is available for free until May 13, 2016. The method, including the source code, the data we analyzed, and sample results for one species, can be freely downloaded via github.com/Akcakaya/MAPS-to-Models.

Our paper on warning times for extinction under climate change is selected as one of the Top 20 influential conservation papers of 2015 by F1000 Prime. The question we addressed was, how much time do we have to save species from climate change? Read about this and other recent publications on climate change impacts on biodiversity.

Former post-doc Kevin Shoemaker started his new job as Assisstant Professor at the Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Science, University of Nevada, Reno.

Former Ph.D. student Matt Aiello-Lammens started his new job as Assisstant Professor at the Department of Environmental Science, Pace University, New York.

A new commentary in Nature Climate Change reviews recent studies on species vulnerability to global climate change and discusses the implications of these studies for conservation policy and future research. Read about our recent publications on climate change impacts on biodiversity

Why did the Passenger Pigeon go extinct? Could its extinction have been predicted? The answers are in Jessica Stanton's new paper.

Resit Akçakaya is selected to be a Coordinating Lead Author for IPBES deliverable on "Policy support tools and methodologies for scenario analysis and modelling of biodiversity and ecosystem services."

Resit Akçakaya was a keynote speaker at the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Symposium in August 2015 at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey.

Passenger Pigeon
The extinction of the Passenger Pigeon.

Bog Turtle
The bog turtle is one of the species modeled to assess warning times for species extinctions under climate change.
Photograph © Kevin T. Shoemaker.

Black footed ferret (Travis Livieri)
Black-footed ferrets are threatened as their primary prey, prairie dogs, experience population crashes caused by the plague.
Photo: Travis Livieri

Ornate Box Turtle is among the species in a study that focused on the predictability of species extinction risks due to climate change.
Photograph © Geoffrey A. Hammerson.

Iberian Lynx
Adapted conservation measures are required to save the Iberian lynx in a changing climate.

Global patterns of threat for vertebrates